Lost Iskari Empire

The Iskari civilization based on the Continent of Iskandar. When the Empire fell at the end of Third Age. Queen Azonia was the the last known ruler of the lost Iskari Empire of Iskandar. Sages and scholars agree that a terrible disaster befell the empire called Skyfall in the year 1137/3, and its impending doom was foretold by a mysterious wizard named Arcelor. Believing Arcelor's warning, Azonia's young son Ilnavel had time to build a fleet of over 1,000 ships and set off across the Wyn Myr to find a new home on Corwyn.

The capitol of the Iskari Empire was the city of Khorvis, which is now an abandoned ruin. The symbol of the Empire was the Sihedron. The last and most famous leader of the empire was Empress Azonia. The ancient peoples of the Empire spoke a now-dead language called Iskamaic.

History of the Empire

The Iskari Empire was founded more than 7,000 years ago by Emperor Il-Khazar Caridan As the empire grew beyond the bounds of Il-Khazar's ability to control, both militarily and administratively, he divided control of the Empire into seven large districts, each of which controlled a dozen provinces. Il-Khazar also appointed seven powerful arcanists as governors to oversee the districts. The mightiest of these governors were called the Runelords; seven of the most skilled and power-hungry wizards in the Iskari Empire. Working secretly for many years to secure power for themselves, the opportunity to fully escape servitude under Emperor Il’Khazar finally appeared. Emperor Il-Khazar, in advanced age, and having ruled the Iskari Empire for more than 400 years, was destroyed along with most of the Imperial Palace in a mysterious magical event that may have been planned by the Runelords themselves.

At its height, the Iskari Empire stretched for thousands of miles, encompassing many ancient kingdoms. Once conquered, these realms became mere provinces under the Imperial throne. Little is known of these subjugated kingdoms except for names in ancient texts; the few known are: Ezdar, Fornaven, Korov, Kosidar, Rendova, Shaara, Terovan, and Zal'Marid.

With the death of Il-Khazar, the seven Runelords seized the opportunity and quickly subjugated those loyal to Il’Khazar, including his only son; Prince Il-Khezet, who then became a puppet emperor. Soon, each of the Runelords began to plot and scheme against each other to become the undisputed ruler of the Iskari Empire. For the remaining millennia of its existence, the Iskari Empire was torn with civil wars and strife as one of more of the Runelords warred with another, and great clashes of armies took place constantly. Over the centuries, the Iskari Empire was also beset with multiple wars with the neighboring realms of Kalinor and Jandelay. These largely fruitless wars were a terrible drain on imperial resources.

The Runelords of the Iskari Empire

Some sages argue that the Runelords forged alliances with dragons and enslaved giants by using secrets of rune and glyph magic stolen from the aboleth in their efforts to increase their own power. With their enslaved giant armies, the wizards of The Iskari Empire built massive tombs, enormous magical constructs, and staggering monuments that survive today, mute testimonies of a mysterious age long past. Legends say each of the seven rulers specialized in a single school of rune magic and possessed a mighty weapon which not only served them in battle, but also became a symbol of their rule. The seven final Runelords and their District capitol cities were:

Alaznist, Runelord of Wrath; ruled city of Arakhan

Belimarius, Runelord of Envy; ruled city of Invidia


Karzoug, Runelord of Greed; ruled city of Shalast

Krune, Runelord of Sloth; ruled city of Orlakan

Sorakan, Runelord of Lust; ruled city of Kharzad

Xanderghul, Runelord of Pride; ruled city of Cyr

Zuthan, Runelord of Gluttony; ruled city of Ghatash

The Runelords' Slumber

As all empires must, The Iskari Empire collapsed in 1137/3. The reason for this fall was Skyfall; a cataclysmic event that destroyed most of the entire continent of Iskandar, the empire and the Runelords along with it.